Cocks in the Hen House: 05.26.10


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By Kieran Kelly (@kierankelly)

Funny that the first round of All-Star Game voting results were released yesterday, because it was something I was thinking about last week.

With five Phillies in the starting lineup for the ASG after the first round, part of that has to be because of the massive amounts of Phillies fans pouring through the turnstiles at Citizens Bank Park. With 65 consecutive sellouts at CBP, the Phillies lead all of baseball in attendance. Plus, with the massive online presence of Phillies fans, I’m sure there are plenty of online ballots being submitted as well.

Which brings up my point. As currently constructed, the All-Star Game voting is a traveshamockerry. Just look at the first round of voting. Jimmy Rollins is first amongst NL shortstops, even though he missed a month on the DL. Raul Ibanez is having a terrible year, but he’s still got an outside shot at making the team.

This flawed process has been in place for years. Hell, Meech & The Fightins inspired a grassroots campaign to get Pat Burrell into the ASG as the AL designated hitter. Campaigns like this could play a huge part in the World Series, as the ASG now determines the home field advantage, thanks to dumbass Bud Selig. If a campaign like this ever gained serious steam, and I hope it does one day, one of the starters in the ASG would be the result of a joke.

I understand that the professional sports leagues want the fans to feel involved in naming the top players in the sport, but it’s nothing more than a popularity contest at this point. It’s time that the votes are taken out of the fans’ hands. Let the managers and players voted on the top players in each sport. Maybe even throw some sportswriters in there to get an outside opinion. It has just become too hard for a fan to identify the top players in the sport without just resorting to the names that they already know.

The ASG process could be fixed in a few simple steps. Take the home field advantage away again and alternate what league gets it every year. Take the voting of the starters away from the fans and put it in the hands of the players, coaches & writers. Hell, let’s just get rid of Selig while we’re at it. Him being gone will fix a lot of other problems as well.

All of that being said, I’d love for the starting 9 to be made up of all Philadelphia Phillies. Let’s make it happen.

Kieran is one of our favorite internet tough guys who when not taking keyboard steroids is a writer for Phinally Philly. He can be found on Twitter here.

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3 Responses

  1. Ice cream for chooch! Zoo with Roy! Museum with Chase! And all that fun stuff. [= Do it, people.

  2. Did you not read what was written about the ASG last night by me? 🙂 Perhaps we should have sat down together and done this.

    • We probably should have collaborated on this.

      Saw that you posted something on this same topic right as soon as I was about to finish.

      Oh well.

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